What is Dietetics and Nutrition Counseling?
Dietetics and Nutrition Counseling is when trained medical professionals study a client and give them nutrition practices to follow. These practices will benefit them from a medical and psychological perspective. Some of our providers seek additional training to understand how nutrition and the gut-mind connection impacts our mental health. All mental health conditions would benefit from the services of a registered dietitian and nutritionist.
First, We’ll Conduct a Nutritional Assessment
Typically, our provider will conduct a full nutritional assessment that accounts for their client’s medical conditions, psychiatric symptoms, lifestyle and preferences. Religious or cultural beliefs that influence food choice, allergies and texture dislikes are also screened in the first assessment. Many of us with mental health symptoms also have related medical issues that could benefit from working with a dietitian. These medical issues might include kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, crohn’s disease and celiacs disease. In addition, autoimmune diseases, chronic diseases, food allergies/intolerances and many others can create similar symptoms.
We’ll Develop a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
After the initial evaluation, a dietitian will work with you to come up with a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses both your mental and physical needs. This may include changing diet, eliminating harmful foods/beverages, adding foods and/or supplements. Similarly, the provider may experiment with how your body does with varying meal plans. In short, it’s really about figuring out what relationship with food matches our biological, sociological and emotional needs. These needs include non-perfectionism, non-rigidity and being able to eat in a way that includes ALL foods from time-to-time. However, barring that the client doesn’t have any severe allergies or compelling medical reasons to not eat these foods.
Ultimately, it is our mission to help you develop a healthy relationship with food. The dietitian will continue care through bi-weekly or monthly check-ups to assess what’s working, what’s not and get feedback from you to ensure that the plan works for you from a holistic perspective. Eventually, you will know your body well enough to be able to eat in a way that works for you. In a society driven by marketing and stress, most people would benefit exponentially from working with a dietitian for at least a couple of sessions.
If you or a loved one is struggling with any mental health issues, please contact us today. We will give you a compassionate and thorough intake in order to connect you with the best services possible. Hope is just a phone call away! (316) 201-6047 or contact us here.